The Thursday news, all in one post:
SALES /PLAYER COUNT & DEALS
The Epic Store has two new free games:
And next week, the free games will be also two: Rogue Legacy and The Vanishing of Ethan Carter.
Steam has two new deals:
Fanatical's new Star Deal is Creed: Rise to Glory, 85% off during the next 48 hours: https://www.fanatical.com/en/game/creed-rise-to-glory.
SOFTWARE & DRIVERS
NVIDIA showcases real-time path tracing on an RTX3090 at GTC 2022
At GTC 2022, NVIDIA showcased real-time path tracing. The green team used a variety of demos that were running on an NVIDIA GeForce RTX3090 at 1080p. And Aaron Lefohn, Vice President of Graphics Research at NVIDIA, shared some short videos.
MODS, EMULATORS & FAN PROJECTS
This mod brings the “King of the Monsters” to Jurassic World Evolution 2
Modder ‘saber the tyrant’ has released a pretty cool mod for Jurassic World Evolution 2. As the title implies, this mod brings Godzilla, the King of the Monsters, to this latest Jurassic World game.
As you may have guessed, this is a character swap mod. In short, the mod replaces the mosa with Godzilla. And… well… that’s it. The modder also suggests using the death valley skin with no pattern alongside this Godzilla mod.
Elden Ring Tekken 7 mod is too good, director asks players to 'plz stop'
Katsuhiro Harada has asked people to "plz stop it" after an Elden Ring-themed Tekken 7 mod was too good. The director of the Tekken series took to Twitter to share his thoughts about a Tekken 7 mod which looks so good in the trailer that it feasibly could have been an official crossover. The mod is ridiculously impressive, so much so, Harada seems a little hesitant about people taking it a little too seriously.
As reported by VGC, Harada quote retweeted a trailer of a Tekken 7 mod made by Ultraboy showing off the character models included in the pack. The trailer, no word of a lie, looks official. If you showed this to me without any context I would think it had been leaked from an upcoming collaboration as both Tekken and Elden Ring are under the Bandai Namco flag. But no, it's just a dedicated fan doing an incredible job of recreating these characters in the fighting game.
>> The mod is linked in the article.
Guild Wars 2 bug turns players into ridiculously long cats
Two years ago, Guild Wars 2 was infiltrated by giant cats. It was intentional, some cheeky April Fools Day shenanigans. But now, something even more cursed has arrived in the game, something I'm pretty sure ArenaNet didn't intend to happen. The reign of the big cats is over, now long cats are the latest thing to be wreaking havoc in the MMO.
>> That reminds me that we'll have to pay extra caution tomorrow with the news.
The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe will mess with your mind in new ways this April
It's been nearly ten years since The Stanley Parable stuck a fork into our brains and twirled it around like a bowl of spaghetti. (...)
And now here comes Stanley again, only new and improved. The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe will put you in Employee 427's shoes once again on April 27. Let the trailer above get you reacquainted with Stanley, a simple clerical worker who dutifully pushed buttons until one day he got out of his chair, left his office, and started pushing the limits of the strange world around him instead.
Like a blast from the past, Epic is facing a new Fortnite emote lawsuit
Like a blast from the distant past of 2018, Epic Games is being sued over a Fortnite emote. This time around it's the "It's Complicated" emote, which plaintiff Kyle Hanagami says is an unauthorized copy of the dance he choreographed for Charlie Puth's 2017 song How Long.
Become a sci-fi superhero fighting for corrupt corporate overlords in this new ARPG
Have you ever wanted to be a superhero battling valiantly for the future of humanity, but also beholden to omnipotent corporate overlords whose whims dictate your every decision? Superfuse, an upcoming hack-and-slash APRG from Stitch Heads and publisher Raw Fury, might be just what you're after.
Devolver 'fully supports' Loop Hero studio as it encourages piracy in sanctioned countries
The Russian independent studio—which does not support Russia's invasion of Ukraine—encouraged its followers to "help raise the pirate flag" in a March 27 post on its official VK account. It also shared a torrent link.
Update: A spokesperson for Loop Hero publisher Devolver Digital has issued a statement, confirming that it supports Four Quarters' invitation for users in areas affected by economic sanctions to pirate the game.
Game immediately review bombed on Steam after crypto company buys it
Players of free-to-play autobattler Storybook Brawl are suddenly calling for it to be booted off Steam, but not because of a controversial balance change or a scandalous personal allegation. Storybook Brawl is the subject of a very 2022 happening: a cryptocurrency company bought it.
Dead Cells gets free Break the Bank DLC all about loot, loot, and more loot
Developers Motion Twin and Evil Empire have released a new free DLC for Dead Cells, called Break the Bank, which follows on from January's substantial The Queen and the Sea update. Dead Cells is fundamentally the same game as it was at release—and it was great at release—but the post-launch support that this action-heavy roguelike has received is really something.
Crush Chaos in Warhammer 40,000: Darktide this September
I still fire up Vermintide 2 on occasion when the desire to smash some big rats takes over, but as a 40K boy I am eager to leave the fantasy realm behind and stomp around a grimdark hive city in its follow-up, Darktide. Luckily, its arrival is not too far off.
Vampire Survivors didn't rip-off Castlevania sprites after all
PC Gamer recently spoke to Luca Galante, the sole developer behind indie hit Vampire Survivors. During the conversation I asked about a brief early controversy, which flared-up and then died-down almost as quickly: some people accused the game of going too far in its homage to Castlevania, and even that certain sprites were a straight rip-off.